pam·​per | \ ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio) \
pampered; pampering\ ˈpam-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce pampering (audio) \

Definition of pamper

transitive verb

1a : to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention pampered their guests pamper a pet
b : gratify, humor enabled him to pamper his wanderlustNew Yorker
2 archaic : to cram with rich food : glut

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pamperer \ ˈpam-​pər-​ər How to pronounce pamperer (audio) \ noun

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indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires. indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect. pampered by the amenities of modern living humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims. humored him by letting him tell the story spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering. foolish parents spoil their children baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude. babying students by grading too easily mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare. refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

Examples of pamper in a Sentence

They really pamper their guests at that hotel. She pampered herself with a day at the spa. He was pampered all his life and doesn't know how to function in the real world.
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In so many ways, Budapest owes its very existence to the timeless human urge to pamper, connect, and indulge. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 First-time and new moms might appreciate a little green to pamper herself. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Experts Reveal How Much You Should Actually Spend on Mother's Day Gifts," 4 May 2019 The contestants have a lot of time to pamper themselves. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019 Leave it to a boss lady who built her business on pampering to extend the experience far beyond the salon. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Olive & June's New Tool Made Painting My Nails at Home So Much Easier," 14 Mar. 2019 Apparently, according to a Boomerang on her Instagram Story, the pampering routine includes charcoal eye masks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Behati Prinsloo Is Having the Best Time at the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Cruises are unique in their negatives but also their positives — what else ferries you to and from picture-perfect destinations in a vessel dedicated to pampering its inhabitants? Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 Businesses that pamper their highly productive staff in an effort to boost R&D will surely boast about it. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Fixing Capitalism, One Disclosure at a Time," 27 Nov. 2018 According to sources at the Evening Standard, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner at Cecconi’s restaurant on Saturday night, and indulged in pampering treatments at the Cowshed spa. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Somehow Took a Secret Weekend Vacation to Amsterdam This Month," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pamper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pamper

Middle English, probably of Dutch origin; akin to Dutch dialect pamperen to pamper

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English Language Learners Definition of pamper

: to treat (someone or something) very well : to give (someone or something) a lot of attention and care


pam·​per | \ ˈpam-pər How to pronounce pamper (audio) \
pampered; pampering

Kids Definition of pamper

: to treat (someone or something) with great care and attention

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